• As of August 1, 2022

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students: 

    I am very excited about being a partner in education with you at Biloxi High School.  Computer Science is very important in this day and age, and it is great to be able to be a part of continuing this program at BHS.  I expect this year to be a challenging, rewarding, educational, and positive experience that could lead students to an interest in a technology field career.

    Classroom Expectations 

    • Classroom expectations are outlined in the School-Wide Discipline Plan

    Discipline (per School-Wide Discipline Plan)

    • 1st Offense: Warning / Student Conference 
    • 2nd Offense: After-school Detention/Parent Contact
    • 3rd Offense: After-school Detention/Parent Contact
    • 4th Offense: Office Referral*

    *Please note that some offenses such as skipping, vulgar language, and physical threats are immediate referrals, and unethical hacking must be referred directly to the office*

    Classroom Information 

    1. Come prepared for class with a school-issued Chromebook with a charger
    1. Yearly Overview:  The CS Principles Conceptual Framework developed by the College Board outlines five “Big Ideas” about computing which are further subdivided into Enduring Understanding, Learning Objectives, and Essential Knowledge Statements. The framework further identifies six “Computational  Thinking Practices,” containing skills that students should employ and develop. The curriculum is designed such that students investigate each of these big ideas while practicing computational thinking practices. 


    Big Ideas

    CRD: Creative Development 

    DAT:  Data 

    AAP:  Algorithms and Programming 

    CSN:  Computing Systems and Networks 

    IOC:  Impact of Computing 

    Conceptual  Thinking  Practices 

    CTP1:  Computational Solution Design 

    CTP2:  Algorithms and Program Development 

    CTP3:  Abstraction in Program Development 

    CTP4:  Code Analysis 

    CTP5:  Computing Innovations 

    CTP6:  Responsible Computing 


    Unit 1 Digital Information: Explore how computers store complex information like numbers, text, images, and sound and debate the impact of digitizing information. 

    Unit 2 The Internet: Learn about how the Internet works and discuss its impact on politics, culture, and the economy. 

    Unit 3 Intro to App Design: Design your first app while learning both fundamental programming concepts and collaborative software development processes. 

    Unit 4 Variables, Conditionals, and Functions: Expand the types of apps you can create by adding the ability to store information, make decisions, and better organize code. Build apps that use large amounts of information and pull in data from the web to create a wider variety of apps. 

    Unit 5 Lists, Loops, and Traversals 

    Unit 6 Algorithms: Design and analyze algorithms to understand how they work and why some are considered better than others. 

    Unit 7 Parameters, Return, and Libraries: Learn how to design clean and reusable code that you can share with a single classmate or the entire world. 

    Unit 8 Create: PT Prep Practice and complete the Create Performance Task (PT). 

    Unit 9 Data: Explore and visualize datasets from a wide variety of topics as you hunt for patterns and try to learn more about the world around you. 

    Unit 10 Cybersecurity and Global Impacts: Research and debate current events at the intersection of data, public policy, law, ethics, and societal impact. 


    1. Grading
    • Grades will be updated in the online grading system, SAM Spectra (the district’s online grading platform). Students will be required to monitor their grades. Parents also have access to the online grade system to monitor grades. Please feel comfortable emailing eric.sanchez@biloxischools.net. Visit the biloxischools.net website and find the “grades” link.
    • Activity grades will be earned by completing activities per the assignments in Google Classroom, which prompts the students to the codehs.com website.
    • Test grades will be earned by completing activities on the codehs.com website and teacher-made tests throughout the year.
    • Grades that show up as a “1” in the online grade book mean the student must do the work.  A “1” significantly lowers the student average until the assignment is completed.
    • A blank or missing grade will not affect the student’s overall grade. There may be rare cases where a blank or missing grade is used. I will never replace a blank grade with a “0” or a “1”, which lowers the overall average. A “0” in this class can only be earned by cheating.  Refusing to complete work will result in a “1” in the grade book. 
    • Communication: Real-time online grade book provides a midterm progress report and a term progress report. Phone and email communication are always available.  The best method is to email for the fastest response and a follow-up phone call or in-person conference if needed.
    1. Make-up Work
    • Students will find all the required work in Google Classroom. The online grading system will match the due dates and titles that are in Google Classroom. Students may work on any activities outside of class as long as they can access the internet.  
    1. General Classroom Expectations:  
    • The class will focus on electronic delivery, minimizing the need for paper.  Specifically, the course material will be on the codehs.com website to provide the tools to practice developing code in a safe digital environment.
    • Cell phones or other electronic devices can be a distraction if not used properly.  We will use the student Chromebook and the classroom systems daily. Cell phones are the last resort and only after the teacher approves the use.